Chuck McCann R.I.P.
Chuck McCann, one of the five founding fathers of the Sons of the Desert has died, at the age of 83. He passed away on 8th April after suffering congestive heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital.
During his career, Chuck played Oliver Hardy with several (Stan) partners who included Dick Van Dyke.
KIDS TV star Chuck McCann who entertained a whole generation of stars in the 1960s before branching out as a character actor in films and TV has died.
The zany comic was was 83 and passed away yesterday after sufering congestive heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital, according to his publicist Edward Lozzi. McCann was born September 2, 1934 in Brooklyn.
He became a household name in New York when he took over a variety show, entertaining with his trademark light-hearted humour and puppets. In 1968, McCann appeared in his first major film The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
He expanded his work into animation acting and created the voice of Sonny the Cuckoo Bird, who cried "I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!" in commercials for General Mills. He moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s and made guest appearances on shows including Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza, and Columbo.
McCann was a prolific voice actor and was known for characters including Mayor Grafton on The Garfield Show, Ducksworth in DuckTales: Remastered, and Heff Heffalump in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Fanning, and two daughters.